HMS Bulldog

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Seven vessels of the British Royal Navy have been named HMS Bulldog (or HMS Bull Dog), after the bulldog:

  • The first HMS Bulldog (1794) was a small 4-gun hoy bought in March 1794 and sold later at Jersey in the same year.
  • The second HMS Bull Dog (1782) was a 16-gun sloop launched in 1782 but converted to a Royal Navy bomb vessel in 1798. The French captured her in February 1801 when she unwittingly entered the French-held port of Ancona. Boats from HMS Mercury recaptured her in May, but adverse winds prevented her from escaping and the French recaptured her. In September, HMS Champion recaptured her off Gallipoli, Apulia.[1] Bulldog returned to Portsmouth where she became a powder hulk. She was broken up at Portsmouth in December 1829.[2]
  • The third HMS Bulldog (1845) was a wooden steam powered paddle sloop launched in 1845. She ended the Neapolitan naval bombardment of insurgent Palermo in 1848 by threatening retailiation[3] She ran aground in 1865 whilst attacking Haiti as part of a punitive raid against revolutionaries who had seized the British consulate. Unable to get her off of the reef, the British blew her up.
  • The fourth HMS Bulldog (1872) was a third-class gunboat of the Ant class, sold for scrapping in 1906.
  • The fifth HMS Bulldog (1909) was a Beagle-class destroyer scrapped in 1920.
  • The sixth HMS Bulldog (1930) was a destroyer launched in 1930 and scrapped in 1946. She is most famous for the actions of some of her crew in making the first capture of an Enigma machine.
  • The seventh HMS Bulldog (A317) was launched in 1967 as the lead ship of the Bulldog-class survey vessels and sold in 2001 for conversion to a private yacht.

Citations and references[edit]

Citations

  1. ^ "No. 15426". The London Gazette. 10 November 1801. p. 1356. 
  2. ^ Winfield and Roberts (2015), p. 175.
  3. ^ Alessia Facineroso The Sicilian Revolution of 1848 as seen from Malta

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